Irving, Celtics rally from 22 right down to prime Suns 116-109 in OT



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09 Nov 2018, 15:28 IST
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PHOENIX (AP) — When their photographs lastly began to fall, the Boston Celtics could not be stopped.

Kyrie Irving scored 18 of his season-high 39 factors within the fourth quarter and additional time, and Boston rallied from a 22-point deficit for a 116-109 win over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday evening.

Irving scored Boston’s first six factors within the further interval, and Marcus Morris completed with 17 in opposition to his former group — together with the tying 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left in regulation off a feed from Irving.

Morris hit from the highest of the arc to tie it at 100. Jaylen Brown added 17 factors, all after halftime, for the Celtics (7-4).

“Guys like Kyrie, he’s going to have all of the deal with him,” Morris mentioned. “I labored on my 3-pointers extensively.”

Devin Booker paced the Suns (2-9) with a season-high 38 factors, and T.J. Warren had 29.

The Celtics ended a two-game skid, whereas the Suns have misplaced 9 of 10.

Booker scored 12 factors within the fourth quarter and 7 in OT, however Phoenix could not maintain onto a 16-point lead with 6:13 to play in regulation.

The Suns led 92-76 when Booker dropped in a brief fadeaway.

“We simply fell aside down the stretch. Saved giving up fast buckets. Miscommunications on protection. Slightly little bit of every thing,” Booker mentioned.

Boston recovered from an ice chilly begin and gained regardless of taking pictures 40.2 % from the sector. The Celtics trailed by double digits for a lot of the second half till a livid late rally.

Suns rookie Deandre Ayton had 14 factors and 10 rebounds.

Irving hit a Three with 35.1 seconds to go within the fourth, then his steal led to Brown’s layup that reduce the Suns’ result in 98-97 with 7.Three seconds to play. Warren hit two free throws, then Morris took a move from a double-teamed Irving for the tying 3.

“We simply discovered lots about being resilient,” Irving mentioned. “We needed to make changes.”

Suns coach Igor Kokoskov thought fatigue caught as much as his group late within the sport. He additionally needed a foul in opposition to Irving on the Celtics’ final possession of the fourth quarter.

“You are taking the blame and duty as a coach,” Kokoskov mentioned.

Warren, beginning for the primary time since Oct. 31, scored 14 first-quarter factors because the Suns took benefit of Boston’s taking pictures woes. Phoenix led 32-13 after 12 minutes.

After making their first shot of the sport, a Three by Irving, the Celtics missed their subsequent 12 makes an attempt and the Suns raced out to a 15-Three lead.

Aron Baynes’ putback with 5:04 left within the first quarter was the Celtics’ second basket of the sport, they usually shot simply Four of 22 within the quarter.

Boston received the lead right down to 14 within the second, however a Three from Booker gave the Suns a 48-26 benefit with 4:31 left within the half.

The Celtics trailed 55-35 on the break.

Consecutive baskets by Booker put the Suns in entrance 75-58 within the third quarter.

“I advised Igor we did not should win the sport, nevertheless it was an awesome particular person efficiency by Kyrie, definitely,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens mentioned.


Celtics: The group’s 13 factors within the first quarter had been a season low. … Irving was the one starter to make a subject objective within the first half. Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Gordon Hayward and Brown had been a mixed zero for 15. … G Marcus Sensible surpassed 1,000 rebounds and 400 steals for his profession.

Suns: Warren made his third begin this season. Ryan Anderson got here off the bench. … Booker has 146 factors in his final three video games in opposition to the Celtics, together with the career-high 70 he scored in Boston on March 24, 2017. … A sport after taking part in a season-low seven minutes, 2017 first-round draft choose Josh Jackson performed solely 5.


Stevens known as Ayton a “particular expertise” when requested concerning the rookie earlier than the sport. “He brings every thing to the desk you’ll assume a extremely good participant at that place brings,” Stevens mentioned.


Brown’s first basket was a high-flying, one-handed dunk in transition on the 10:10 mark of the third quarter. Sensible offered the help.


Celtics: On the Utah Jazz on Friday of their second set of back-to-back video games this season.

Suns: On the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday.

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